Spirit Message of the Moment – Celebrate Summer Solstice

TIME TO CELEBRATE LITHA – MidSummer

“Also known as Summer Solstice, Litha, Alban Hefin, Sun Blessing, Gathering Day, Feill-Sheath246Fairy_Song-main, Whit Sunday, Whitsuntide, Vestalia, Thing-tide, St. John’s Day. In addition to the four great festivals of the Pagan Celtic year, there are four lesser holidays as well: the two solstices, and the two equinoxes. In folklore, these are referred to as the four ‘quarter-days’ of the year, and modern Witches call them the four ‘Lesser Sabbats’, or the four ‘Low Holidays’. The Summer Solstice is one of them.

Litha is usually celebrated on June 21st, but varies somewhat from the 20th to the 23rd, dependent upon the Earth’s rotation around the Sun. According to the old folklore calendar, Summer begins on Beltane (May 1st) and ends on Lughnassadh (August 1st), with the Summer Solstice midway between the two, marking MID-Summer. This makes more logical sense than suggesting that Summer begins on the day when the Sun’s power begins to wane and the days grow shorter. The most common other names for this holiday are the Summer Solstice or Midsummer, and it celebrates the arrival of Su481857_555874064427104_2129480533_nmmer, when the hours of daylight are longest. The Sun is now at the highest point before beginning its slide into darkness.

Humanity has been celebrating Litha and the triumph of light since ancient times. On the Wheel of the Year Litha lies directly across from Yule, the shortest day of the calendar year, that cold and dark winter turning when days begin to lengthen and humanity looks wistfully toward warmth, sunlight and growing things. Although Litha and Yule are low holidays or lesser sabbats in the ancient parlance, they are celebrated with more revel and merriment than any other day on the wheel except perhaps Samhain (my own favourite). The joyous rituals of Litha celebrate the verdant Earth in high summer, abundance, fertility, and all th208409_412438415499113_911770147_ne riches of Nature in full bloom. This is a madcap time of strong magic and empowerment, traditionally the time for handfasting or weddings and for communication with the spirits of Nature. At Litha, the veils between the worlds are thin; the portals between “the fields we know” and the worlds beyond stand open. This is an excellent time for rites of divination.

Those who celebrated Litha did so wearing garlands or crowns of flowers, and of course, their millinery always included the yellow blossoms of St. John’s Wort. The Litha rites of the ancients were boisterous communal festivities with morris dancing, singing, storytelling, pageantry and feasting taking place by the village bonfire and torch lit processions through the villages after dark. People believed that the Litha fires possessed great power, and that prospernahimaity and protection for oneself and one’s clan could be earned merely by jumping over the Litha bonfire. It was also common for courting couples joined hands and jump over the embers of the Litha fire three times to ensure a long and happy marriage, financial prosperity and many children. Even the charred embers from the Litha bonfire possessed protective powers – they were charms against injury and bad weather in harvest time, and embers were commonly placed around fields of grain and orchards to protect the crops and ensure an abundant reaping. Other Litha customs included carrying an ember of the Litha fire home and placing it on one’s hearth and decking one’s home with birch, fennel, St. John’s Wort, orpScreen-shot-2013-08-10-at-8.12.55-AMin, and white lilies for blessing and protection.

The Litha Sabbat is a time to celebrate both work and leisure, it is a time for children and childlike play. It is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is a time to absorb the Sun’s warming rays and it is another fertility Sabbat, not only for humans, but also for crops and animals. Wiccans consider the Goddess to be heavy with pregnancy from the mating at Beltane – honor is given to Her. The Sun God is celebrated as the Sun is at its peak in the sky and we celebrate His approaching fatherhood – honor is also given to Him. The faeries abound at this time and it is customary to leave offerings – such as food or herbs – for them in the evening.

Although Litha may seem at first glance to be a masculine observance and one which focuses on Lugh, the day is also dedicated to the Goddess, and Her flowers are the white blossoms of the elder.”

Today’s excerpts are from twopagans.com

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Spirit Message of the Moment – An Unexpected Pause Offers a Gift

THE WOLVERINE – Two of Air

“Wolverine warns us to take what we need and to prepare well for the future. She invites us to expwolverine_1lore the wilderness, to spend time alone and to journey deep within the sacred self. In doing so we may find the space to address our fears and heal ourselves. Wolverine supports the simple truth that if you do not know yourself then no one else will ever truly know you, and endorses taking emotional risks that will allow others to get to know your true heart. She assures us that it’s never too late to welcome love back into your life.” 

TWO OF AIR

“Two is the number of duality, increase and marriage (concept). It unites the opposites that are equal; the feminine and the masculine, the dark and the light, night 372bfa9cf0127cfdaf1eca2ad00f9a69and day, and the negative and the positive. The Twos remind us that sacred difference is what usually brings balance to a situation. some say the Twos are closely linked to the energies of the High Priestess, mainly because they speak of duality and that awkward moment spent worrying before a choice is made, trying to do more than one thing at a time, listening to your inner voice or trusting your intuition. They offer grounding, choice and direction when confusion would normally rule the mind.”

MESSAGE FROM SPIRITBLOGGER
The one thing we can always expect is change – which may include unexpected stops or pauses along our life path. You may find yourself at a crossroads where you may feel it’s time to make an important or critical decision. Take all the time needed to decipher how you truly feel about the situation. Part of the journey forward means stopping frequently along the way to evaluate, reassess, and refocus our path to ensure it still aligns with our changing vision, needs, wants, highest self, and life purpose.Which part of yourself do you need to tap into before you can move forward with passion and joy? What is needed to show and express your true heart in order to be your authentic self in all situations? Will love, gratitude, peace, grace, self-awareness, being emotionally open, or forgiveness towards yourself, others, or the world unblock you, lighten your load, and give you the freedom you seek?

Today’s guidance was excerpted from The Bohemian Animal Tarot by Scott Alexander King

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Find Abundance Within

THE ROMAN GODDESS POMONA

“Pomona is the Roman Goddess of abundance and harvest of the ripe fruits and fields. She is adorned with all manner of wildflowers and forest flora, as if to celebrate the yield of nature’s bounty. BNicolas_Fouché_001utterflies dance around her, representing transformation and a lightness of being.”

“We can all relate to the wonderful feelings of connectedness when Abundance bestows herself upon us. It can be felt physically with the harvesting of material success or good health, mentally in fruition of an idea or a dream, emotionally by finding new love or spiritually through expansion of the soul.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU

“This card calls you to reflect on the abundance already in your possession. Be thankful for all you have and be open to receiving more goodness in your life. It may be your turn to enjoy the fruits of your labors and the harvest of hard-earned efforts. Or perhaps you are currently looking for ways to increase the flow of abundance into your life.”

“From a prog011115actical perspective, decluttering helps you value what you already have, and creates an empty space so more abundance can follow. Forgiveness plays a vital role in decluttering the emotions. By releasing the past, we liberate ourselves. Freed from the gravity of weighty karmic effects, we reconnect with the light, abundant flow of unconditional love. How wonderful!”

“Gifting and tithing are known ways to increase the flow of prosperity. Now is a favorable time to establish a healthy balance between giving and receiving. In this materialistic age, it is common to mistake the measure of success and worth through the possession of money and status alone. There is nothing wrong with aspiring to have lovely things, or to create the security and opportunities that money can buy. However, western values generally encourage focupomona-762217s solely on the outward physical manifestations of abundance. We can be guided to find a healthy balance by focusing inwardly to discover spiritual riches available to us in every moment.”

“Our divine nature expands far beyond the horizons of the material plane alone, and has the power to banish fear and grant authentic peace, regardless of circumstance of status. these are just some of the fruits and bounties to be discovered as we journey home along the highway of life. In whatever form, may abundance in all its glory be yours!”

Today’s guidance was excerpted from Vintage Wisdom Oracle cards by Victoria Moseley.61kpU75EFZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

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Spirit Message of the Moment – Take the Reign of Change

THE SPIRIT ANIMAL – THE RAVEN

“I am Raven. I am the deep magic from the north and the ancient connection between you and the immortal. I am proof that your world is changing. You are missing the hidden threads that bind your experi73372_474598435933242_2130469691_nence. There are great things at work. There are manifestations at your feet. I want to help you see the magic and teach you how to use it. I am the bird that transports you from one realm to the next. I am the portal, granting you access from the solid grounds of Earth. I am that which appears from nothing. There is no greater power than your own will to sustain your vision. When you see me coming down from the lonely mountainside it is time to take the reign. I may appear only once, so grab the chance when you see it. Take your whims and ground them. Take your futility and shatter it to pieces. Stop accepting the chaos around you. Stop allowing your energy to dissipate and give it form and substance.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU

“You are a magician. You are the missing piece of the puzzle. You are connectivity. You are Raven.”

lisahuntToday’s guidance is from The Winged Enchantment Oracle Deck by Lisa Hunt and Lesley Morrison.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Summon Strength for Change

THE PHOENIX
“The Phoenix appears as your Ally to celebrate your journey and to ensure your ultimate success. This is true even if it appears that you’ve just passed through a metaphorical experience of death or are currently enduring a perception of failure in your life. Death and rebirth are related when you enter the realm of the Phoenix. Seen in this light, nothing truly dies, but rather changes from one ending directly into new beginnings. The Phoenix is constantly reinventing itself and rises up whole and new and even more powerful with every death it experiences. This could signal an end of a relationship – or of a dynamic within one – or an end of a job, a project, or even a life.”

“Perhaps no failure is involved, but it’s time for a complete overhaul of your circumstances. You may be tired of what you’re doing, or you may know intuitively that it’s time to move on and try something new. Whatever the case, a death of the old and a celebration of new life are called for! Whatever you do now will indeed be a successful endeavor, for a rebirth is imminent!”

AS A CHALLENGER
“When the Phoenix challenges you,, it’s really just a gentle reminder to let go and let what doesn’t work fall away. Maybe you’re not allowing things to change because you’re more comfortable with the familiar, even if you know it’s not the best you could create for yourself. Fear of change is a crippling experience, as it works against Nature itself.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“The task at hand is to allow for an ending, as it’s timely and right that you do so for the highest good of all. In surrendering to the fundamental purposeful change, you will most definitely find yourself in better circumstances. The action needed is allowing. A rebirth is assured.” Summon strength and courage and embrace inevitable change.

Today’s message is from Wisdom of the Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Life Is Abundant and Full of Blessings

THE HUNGRY GHOSTS
“When the hungry ghosts appear on your path, they may not at first seem like Allies because they represent your constant focus on the past and the consuming desire to know the future, which rob you of your true present. But, in fact, they are here in the service of alerting you to obsessive thinking and addictions: they’re masters at magnifying repetitive behaviors.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“The message is for you to examine whether you’re doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. ‘This time will be different’ and ‘I have control over this’ are false statements and a sign of deep denial of the truth. Now is the time to let go of that thinking. Surrender your will, your life, your heart’s desires, and all that pains you to the Divine. Order will be restored in your world.”

“The Hungry Ghosts also bring understanding about the distractions of life that seduce you into forgetting what you really desire. They’re asking you to become aware of what others want and what the culture dictates will make you happy may not be what’s best for you. Don’t get caught up in outside appearances. All that glitters may not be gold – at least not for you. Look beyond the veneer and you will find the true substance in your life. You deserve nothing less.”

YOUR CHALLENGER
“When the Hungry Ghosts come to challenge, it’s a sign that you’ve succumbed to the fear of lack, which is whispering in your ear that you’ll fail. Whatever it is you’ve intended, you’ve stayed too long in the desiring stage. Longing and yearning have become  your constant state of mind. Are you comparing your experience with others? Do you envy their success? Do you judge yourself only on your material accomplishments? Are you afraid that there will never be enough of anything and none of your dreams will be there upon awaking in reality? Perhaps you’ve turned to compulsive eating, shopping, working, or drinking to distract yourself.”

“Let go of the illusion of lack, and accept things as they are: perfect, abundant, meaningful expressions of the Divine. There will never be enough for the Hungry Ghosts that challenge you, for the only experience they know is scarcity. It’s not your job to feed them. They will lose their power to haunt you. Trust in the abundance of Spirit.”

Today’s guidance is from Wisdom of the Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Allow Your Life To Flow Naturally

ANDELLE
“People always imagine that we who are of the Dragonfae have special powers that render us immune from sadness. Not so. From time to time, I have found my own sadness overflow, and it is at those times that I need to return to water, to commune with that element’s wisdom until I am calmed, soothed, and refreshed. At this time, I understand that there is sadness and a sense that only after some time will you feel strong again. This sadness is held at the heart and solar plexus chakras and feels a little like a stone that has been swallowed, harsh and heavy inside your sweet self. Know that simply by going to a body of water – this can be your bath, a lake, river, pond, puddle, or even oceanic majesty – you will be soothed.”

“Know that as water takes on the characteristics of the environment, so too will the Dragonfae of the water come to you and gently dilute and dissolve the sadness that has weighed so heavily upon you. Also allow your tears to fall at this time. They are a beautiful way of reducing the high levels of stress chemicals within your body, and shedding them leads you to feel softer and lighter. Take steps at this stage to protect and soothe, and know that all the spirits of water are your allies right now. So allow tears to fall, bathe in the waters of the Goddess and drink plenty of pure, fresh water today. Notice how soothing this element is for you.”

“I know this, as I am of water, and although I am sad at the moment, this shall pass, the flow of life will move on and I will move with it, feeling again inspired, happy and at peace. For now, I know that water’s presence is a true blessing, and I give thanks for her presence in my life. Your life swirls and flows like water…keep moving, too, to avoid stagnation in sadness. Sensitivity is yours and will be yours for this lifetime, but how you use this gift can either cause you pain or the most wonderful pleasures. Please seek to allow your sensitivity to flow, as does water, today.”

ABOUT ANDELLE
“Andelle is a sylph-like Dragonfae being: her heart is very, very open and she feels things so very much. A natural empath, she connects with others deeply and this can lead her to sadness. However, mainly she weeps for the ways she sees us hurting each other, and she knows that it is no longer necessary for human beings to believe in so much lack and pain. She knows that sensitivity is a gift and she wishes to demonstrate this to you by allowing you to see how her sadness and weeping cleanses her.”

“She is often known as an angel and her presence is one of great gentleness and lightness. She helps those who have not cried for years to release their pain, in a sweetening of the emotions, and an overall softening of who they are. She is so gentle and exquisite, and she is truly a Dragonfae, precious and fragile, yet so strong in her willingness to assist others. Assist her, by releasing your tears, taking in the gift of water and allowing your life to flow naturally.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Feeling deep sadness; having trouble expressing sadness and emotions to others; judging emotions as negative and denying them; refusing to cry; not drinking enough pure water; dehydrated; dry quality to life; judging tears and emotions as weak; learning to let go; needing to connect more to the element of water and its flow. Feeling stuck, misjudged. A close friend will provide help and nurturing.”

WORKING WITH ANDELLE
“You will know when Andelle is with you, as you will feel an urge to cry, to release your tears. After you do so, you will feel software, lighter, more open, and much more relaxed. Allow her to guide you to a sacred body of water – even if this is your bath – and as you enter the water, see your pains and sorrows literally being washed gently away by Andelle, as a mother would bathe her child, and tend their hurts. For you are her child, her sister, her beloved soul-friend, and she cares for you.”

“Know that your sensitivity to pain is something that the world needs, and in time this blessing will seem like a curse…Do not become stuck in your pain: express it gently, and flow on. Andelle is a being of exquisite sweetness and her energy is deeply soothing and blessed. She will help you accept your emotional nature, and not be overwhelmed by your own feelings.”

Today’s guidance is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Pay Close Attention

THE HAWK PRINCE
“As an Ally, The Hawk Prince appears with good news: He flies into your life to alert you that a message is coming to help you manifest your destiny! Expect a phone call, letter, email, or conversation that lets you know the next step to take toward your greatest good, or to tell you that you’ve arrived at an important stage along your path.”

“The Hawk Prince is also the Ally for spirit communication, so pay attention when you think you hear something important pop out at you on the radio, on TV, or in overhearing the conversations of strangers. Spirit is constantly in dialogue with you. Are you listening? Stay open and expect Spirit to speak to you and show you the way to your prosperity in all aspects of your life.”

“As a Challenger, The Hawk Prince challenges you to pay attention and listen to the warnings being sent your way. Are you pushing forward in spite of others’ cautionings about the direction your headed? Are you refusing to listen to your own inner voice? Red flags are waving in the breeze, and you’re being challenged to heed their message. When the Hawk Prince descends as your challenger, it’s an indication that something isn’t quite right. Don’t worry, though; he always arrives just in time for you to let go of your old ideas and begin again. Spirit only wants the best for you!”

Today’s message is from Wisdom of the Hidden Realms by Colette Baron-Reid.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Share Your Joy

THE LADY TITANIA
Lady Titania asks you to “Celebrate yourself! There is no true happiness without joy in being who you are. Over this next moon cycle, the forthcoming 29 days, many opportunities will come to you to play, revel, dance, and explore the moonlit and joyful part of yourself that has been truly too long neglected! It is time to come forth from the place where you have been taking shelter and quiet time, and partake of the joy of good sweet company. Know that everyone, including the beings of the Dragonfae, is delighted and happy to know of your ability to delight your own self. Celebrate, and we celebrate with you. Hail, joyful kindred spirit and be welcome to the feast!”

ABOUT LADY TITANIA
“Fairy Queen Titania’s name means, literally, daughter of the Titans. The Titans were the elder gods who were the children of Heaven and Earth, and sprang from chaos, along with the Dragonfae, who were also born of the Divine. They included Saturn, Rhea, Oceanus, Hyperion, and others. In Ovid’s Metaphorphoses Titania is another name for Diana, as well as other goddesses of the night, queens of the shadowy world, ruling over its mystic elements and powers. So, there is no separation: the titans are the goddesses, and the goddesses are the Dragonfae.”

“Like Isis, who personified the feminine, generative principle of universal nature, Diana and the others are all nature goddesses. So, rather than being a diminutive creature of delicacy and daintiness, Titania is tall, very powerful and very strong. She is of the elfin race where the height and the features are very pronounced, with enough Dragonfae blood in her veins to ensure she is a creature who can fly, and endure for many millennia. She is one of the oldest ones still with us, and yet her path for this time, and for you, is to help to celebrate with others the joy of being alive. Just as you are feeling old, despairing and fatigued, she will sweep you up in her strong arms, show you the treasures of your life and lay out a feast for you to partake in with others of your kind. Because being lonely and isolated is no longer an option for you.”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“Bringing people together in life-changing, sacred and meaningful gatherings; mothering others joyously; being greater than you appear to be; understanding the need for joy and happiness and gatherings that delight in the company of soul mates; family agreements and pacts that are reinforced through celebration; coming together in community with friends. Finding your soul family. Being protected and nurtured by friends and soul-family.”

WORKING WITH LADY TITANIA
“Connecting with others at gatherings, even if they are very small, consider hosting gatherings of like-minded souls; be prepared to balance your inner extrovert and introvert; understand that the need for family, connection, and for you to nurture those connections. Very very deep connections with others can still be playful!”

Today’s message is from Oracle of the Dragonfae by Lucy Cavendish.

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Spirit Message of the Day – Give Your Emotions Freedom To Flow Through You

“Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.
Although its light is wide and great,
The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.
The whole moon and the entire sky
Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.”
– Dogen

THE WATER FAERY
“When the Water Faery swims up to you with her liquid magic, she reminds you that emotions and feelings may be running the show. She asks you to consider how you really feel about things, situations, people, and why. She also reminds you that you are Not your feelings; you are merely the one experiencing them. Remember that as water flows, emotions and tides change.  “

“The Water Faery also tells you that it’s time to lose you rigidity. Be fluid and willing at times to compromise, and allow change to happen and wash over you. If you’re feeling happy right now, enjoy, for the Water Faery swirls her love around you. If things are making you feel sad, she comes to wash away your tears. The Water Faery knows the power of emotions, so when she appears, be mindful of them and how they affect you.”

“Remember, feelings are the needed fuel for manifesting your heart’s desire and ideal life. Be certain that you want to create what you’re feeling today and what you’re actively choosing or allowing yourself to feel. Allow your feelings to pass through you and focus on the positive. The Water Faery longs to smile at you in reflection.”

Today’s Guidance is from The Wisdom of the Avalon by Colette Baron-Reid.

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